Of course, no one expects any open armed stand-off between Russia and the Western countries in the format of a real war. Experts will immediately tell any supporter of a scenario of this kind that an open war involving a nuclear-weapon state against its will is a bad idea, even for the U.S. and NATO.
The Russian authorities and political analysts have been long saying that in recent decades, the Western countries has been pursuing a policy toward Russia that is more reminiscent of a real attempt to unleash a conflict than of “the policy of containment” declared by Washington and its partners. And in some cases this rhetoric is difficult to be regarded as the traditional excuses prepared for domestic consumption in order to sugarcoat tough decisions in both local and foreign policy.
In any case, there are certain prerequisites that point at visible unfriendly steps on the part of Western countries towards Russia. For instance, the continuing eastward expansion of NATO, as well as the unofficial participation of the representatives of the North Atlantic bloc in local armed conflicts on the side obviously opposite to that supported by Moscow. There is no need to look for vivid examples. It is enough to recall the war in Syria and the growing confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Of course, no one expects any open armed stand-off between Russia and the Western countries in the format of a real war. Experts will immediately tell any supporter of a scenario of this kind that an open war involving a nuclear-weapon state against its will is a bad idea, even for the monsters like the U.S. and NATO. Regardless, there is also a theory that Russia is being increasingly weakened through entangling it in all sorts of conflicts and by waiting for the moment when it will be possible to organize a large-scale provocation and deliver a preemptive strike.
For example, according to Yevgeny Satanovsky, a well-known Russian economist, political scientist, orientalist and the President of the Institute of the Middle East, under the U.S. leadership the Western countries are actively working on the preparation of a large-scale armed conflict with Russia and are waiting for a good moment when to attack. According to Satanovsky, the Western experts have been long working to turn the countries of Eastern Europe and, in particular, Ukraine, into a kind of a springboard for possible military operations near the Russian borders. Most often they are quite successful.
Additionally, Satanovsky believes that the situation, which has taken shape in recent years on the western borders of Russia, is very similar to the one that was observed before the beginning of World War II.
“We are getting ready for tomorrow's wars that are likely to happen,” said Satanovsky. “We can observe that. The Western countries are preparing a large-scale war against Russia, and it might last for years."